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We are just a few short hours away from the start of Blizzcon 2016! This event is a celebration of all things Blizzard, but here is what you can look forward to for Heroes of the Storm specifically. Panels Friday: 11am-12pm Opening Ceremony 2pm-3pm Heroes Deep Dive 4pm-445pm State of the Game 430pm-545pm Heroes Comedy Hour Saturday: 145pm-245pm Art It all starts with the Opening Ceremony on Friday. This is where we will get our first look at what new and exciting things are in store for the Nexus. Expect a lot of information to be released as soon as the Opening Ceremonies conclude. As you would expect from the title, the Deep Dive panel is where we will get all the juicy details of what was teased in the Opening Ceremonies. The State of the Game panel is usually a look at where the game is currently and where

Blizzard invited me, along with a few more of their closest friends, to campus on Monday, October 3rd to check out the latest feature coming to Heroes of the Storm: Brawls! You may recognize this as the Arena system that was unveiled last year at Blizzcon. Blizzard has been hard at work retooling, improving and iterating on what we played last year, and you will be able to try it for yourself very soon! Here are some important things to know: Heroes Brawl goes up on the PTR, October 10th Heroes Brawl will be released on the live servers, October 17th The Brawl will change each week, on Thursday’s. Play at least three Brawls in a week to earn a portrait and 1000 gold Heroes Brawl is more than just a new name for Arenas. The original idea has been fleshed out and new features have been added to make

With Heroes Brawl announced, we got to sit down with Claudio Gentilini, Producer from the Heroes team. We talked a bit about what has happened since Blizzcon 2015 and what the future may hold for this brand new fun filled mode! Be sure to check out our full breakdown and videos of full matches if you missed them! We were talking about the re-branded Arena, now called Brawl. Seems that you guys drew a lot of inspiration from other Blizzard games that have had similar game types like this. What do you think that was good that you took from other games and what were things that you put a Heroes spin on? Like you said, we definitely expanded arena mode into this much larger mode, so arena mode, became this smaller component of that mode. Just a piece of what is shuffled, pick and random heroes but Heroes was

When you are the defending Fall Regional Champions it is hard to say that you shocked the world, but in many ways that is exactly what Murloc Geniuses did this weekend at PAX West. Despite the fact that they won the first Fall Regional at Burbank, most of the hype coming into the second NA qualifier centered around Gale Force eSports, Team Naventic, and Denial eSports. While many people had Murlocs making it to the playoffs, few people were predicting them to win. These questions remained after an up and down Day One. They were taken to a Game Three by Team Name Change in their opening match before pulling out a victory. Next they were swept in the Winner’s Finals by Denial, although the games were closer than the score would indicate. They ended up facing TNC once again in the Decider Match, and this time they were able to

After two days of intense Heroes action, four teams are all that remain at the NA Fall Regional. This event has been a coming out party of sorts for Heroes such as Auriel, Medivh, and even Sgt. Hammer. Auriel has been first ban in several games, and the playmaking potential from Medivh’s portals has been shown repeatedly. Denial eSports grabbed the top spot from Group A. They started off a bit slow in game one versus Dumpster Tier Superstars, but they quickly found their stride. They ended up sweeping both DTS and Murloc Geniuses 2-0 to earn their spot in the playoffs. Denial showed glimpses of what their potential can be with iDream now on the team, but they also showed some vulnerability. Murloc Geniuses went thru some ups and downs on day one, but they were eventually able to secure the second spot from Group B. Long known for


Gamescom Roundup

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Blizzard promised that big announcements were in store for Gamescom 2016 and they certainly delivered. The event kicked off with the news that a new event is coming soon, the Machines of War, which will include two new Heroes and two new Battlegrounds. Blizzard quickly followed that up with a series of In Development videos providing even more details on what players can expect to see coming to the Nexus in the next few weeks. However, the news out of Gamescom wasn’t just limited to major announcements in official videos. Players at the event were able to play what was essentially a PTR version of the game, and they noted several differences from the current live version of the game. Members of the Heroes team also conducted several interviews and sat in on live streams from the event, which provided even more details on what players can expect to see in the game going forward.


Machines of War: New Battlegrounds

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The Machines of War event will feature two new Battlegrounds. Both of these maps are Starcraft themed and appear to do a great job of capturing the unique look and feel of that universe The first is a two lane map called Braxis Hold. The Objective of this map involves fighting to control beacons, which will allow teams to unleash a holding cell filled with zerg upon their enemies. The second map is Warhead Junction. In this three lane map, teams vie for control over devastating nuclear armaments. Obtaining these weapons will grant players a new ability which will allow them to channel their inner Ghost and Call Down The Thunder on their enemies. Kaboom! Both of these maps feature entirely new Starcraft themed artwork including Minions, Mercenaries, and Structures. Get a full look at what to expect from these new Battlegrounds in this In Development video: The Machines of


Machines of War Preview

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Prepare yourselves for The Machines of War! This Starcraft themed event is coming soon(tm) to Heroes of the Storm. It will feature among other things, two new maps (Braxis Holdout and Warhead Junction), two new Heroes (Alarak and Zarya), and a host of new skins for existing Heroes. Here is a look at some of what you can expect from the second ever themed event for Heroes of the Storm: The Machines of War event will officially begin on September 13th so mark your calendar and prepare to join the fight.


Gamescom 2016 officially begins tomorrow, but Blizzard released a preview video today highlighting some of what players will be able to experience at the event. They had promised a big reveal for Heroes and they delivered in the form of a new event, two new Battlegrounds, and two new Heroes along with a few smaller tidbits. Don’t take my word for it, watch it for yourself. If this isn’t enough to get you hyped, come back soon for a deeper look at all of the new things that you can expect to see soon in Heroes of the Storm.


Watch LIVE Option Added In Game

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The Heroes of the Storm Summer Championship is underway, and a new Watch Live feature has been added to the game client. Upon logging in you will be greeted by the following new splash screen: Simply click the Watch LIVE! button in the bottom left hand corner and a tab will open displaying the current Heroes Global Championship Twitch broadcasts. From there, select the stream for your language of choice and enjoy all of the sweet Heroes action. If you would like to take advantage of this feature, be quick about it. After a few moments the splash screen will revert back to the standard Chromie artwork. If you miss the new eSports screen just be patient. Every few seconds the splash screen will alternate between these two options. Keep in mind that this new screen will only be visible when there is an event being broadcast. As crazy as

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